Approved: 12.11.2013

Debbie Locke

Artist

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Approved: 12.11.2013

Drawing forms the basis of my practice as, for me, it is the most immediate and expressive way to record my on-going investigations into the process of ‘mapping’. I’m particularly interested in exploring what transpires when something as clinical and exact as measurement, is exposed to chance and random interference.

In order to study this, I construct kinetic drawing installations, comprising

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Artist Statement

Drawing forms the basis of my practice as, for me, it is the most immediate and expressive way to record my on-going investigations into the process of ‘mapping’. I’m particularly interested in exploring what transpires when something as clinical and exact as measurement, is exposed to chance and random interference. In order to study this, I construct kinetic drawing installations, comprising of autonomous drawing machines, to reinterpret people’s journeys through the landscape. By recording their routes via GPS, this activity focuses on ‘simplification’, extracting the single element of movement from the experience, allowing me to examine the relationship with their surroundings, not in the strictly pictorial way, but instead, engaging with it as a notion of place – capturing the environment, rather than the view. The resultant drawings represent the cumulative endeavours of the walkers – their steps are overlaid and retraced by the machine and, as they are based on clinical data alone, they should be an accurate representation of the walks undertaken. However, by adopting, in part, a ‘Heath Robinson’ approach in the mechanism’s assembly, the ensuing discrepancies allow me to challenge the notion of the infallibility of machines and hopefully enable the work to escape the confines of its initial deterministic methodology and achieve the unexpected. Additionally, the intricate network of complex, densely interwoven black lines, have their own aesthetic appeal and the machines’ technical gliches and repetitive movements form intriguing tonal differences and build a mark-making vocabulary, unique to the process.

CV & Education

Professional Artist Training and Memberships
2006 – 2009  BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting, UAL: Wimbledon College of Art
2014 Elected as an Academician at the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

Solo Exhibitions, Residencies and Awards
‘Sara Dudman and Debbie Locke – collaborative works’, Black Swan Arts Gallery, Frome, 2016
‘Flock Together’ (solo exhibition of collaborative work with Sara Dudman), Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton, 2015
‘Flock Together’ (solo exhibition of collaborative work with Sara Dudman), Nissen Hut, Cherry Hayes Farm, 2015
‘RWA collaborative artist’s residency – Drawn’, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, 2015
‘Flock Together’ (solo exhibition of collaborative work with Sara Dudman), A2 Gallery, Wells, Somerset, 2015
‘Black Swan Open 2014 solo-show winner’, (collaboration with Sara Dudman), Frome, Somerset, 2014
‘Quartz Festival 2014’, artist’s residency at Queen’s College, Taunton, Somerset, 2014
‘Thelma Hulbert Open 2014’, Winner, (collaboration with Sara Dudman), Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton
‘A2 Gallery Open 2014’, Winner, (collaboration with Sara Dudman), A2 Gallery, Wells, Somerset
‘John Singer Sargent Prize 2014’, Winner, (collaboration with Sara Dudman), Little Buckland Gallery, Broadway
‘The Open West 2013 Workshops’, Newark Park, 2013
'Millfield Summer Show 2013', Prizewinner, (collaboration with Sara Dudman), The Atkinson Gallery, Millfield
‘Selectors Choice Exhibition from Drawing Open 2012’, One Church Street Gallery, 2013
‘RWA artist’s residency – Drawn’, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, 2013
‘Dialogue’ (solo show), The Stone Space, London, 2012
‘Open West artist’s residency at Meantime’, Cheltenham, 2010

Selected Group Exhibitions
‘Black Swan Open 2015’, (collaboration with Sara Dudman), Black Swan Arts Gallery, Frome, Somerset, 2015
‘RWA Open Exhibition’, RWA, Bristol, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
‘Quartz Festival’, (collaboration with Sara Dudman), Queen’s College, Taunton, Somerset, 2014, 2015
‘Momentum’, Musgrove Gallery, Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, 2015
‘Evolver Prize 2015’, (collaboration with Sara Dudman), Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton, 2015
‘New Music South West – Art & Music’, RWA Bristol and Hauser & Wirth, Bruton, Somerset, 2015
‘Drawn’, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, 2013, 2015
‘Mostyn Open 19’, (collaboration with Sara Dudman), Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, Wales, 2015
‘Penvolution’, Kubus Gallery, Hannover, 2015
‘Cube Gallery Group Show’, Cube Gallery Bristol, 2014
‘Black Swan Open 2014’, (collaboration with Sara Dudman), Black Swan Arts Gallery, Frome, Somerset, 2014
‘Painting Now 2014’, (collaboration with Sara Dudman), One Church Street Gallery, Great Missenden, 2014
'Sunday Times Watercolour Competition', (collaboration with Sara Dudman), Mall Galleries, London, 2013, 2014
‘A2 Gallery Open 2014’, (collaboration with Sara Dudman), A2 Gallery, Wells, Somerset, 2014
'Millfield Summer Show', (collaboration with Sara Dudman), The Atkinson Gallery, Millfield, 2013, 2014
‘ArtGemini Prize 2013 Exhibition’, (collaboration with Sara Dudman), Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, 2014
‘Slice’, (collaboration with Sara Dudman), Hanmi Gallery, London, 2013
‘RWA 161 Academician Candidate Exhibition’, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, 2013
‘The Open West’, Newark Park and Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum, Gloucestershire, 2010, 2013
‘Ludlow Open’, The Harley Centre, Ludlow, 2012, 2013
‘Passing Through’, Musgrove Gallery, Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, 2013
‘Unique Drawings’, One Church Street Gallery, Great Missenden, 2013
‘Affordable Art Fair’, Battersea, London, 2013
‘Salon Art Prize 2012’ (on tour), Griffin Gallery, London, 2012
‘Neoreplicants’, Exeter Phoenix Digital Art Commission 2012, Exeter 2012 - 2013
‘Drawing Open 2012’, One Church Street Gallery, Great Missenden, 2012
‘Salon Art Prize 2012’, Vyner Street, London, 2012
‘Cork Street Open’, Cork Street, London, 2010, 2012
‘Drawing Breath’, Great Bow Wharf, Langport, Somerset, 2012
‘FAB Open Art Prize 2012’, Bath, 2012
‘Drawing Crowds’, The Stone Space, London, 2011
‘ArtWorks Open’, Barbican Arts Group Trust, London, 2010, 2011
‘Emergent Art Show’, Vyner Street Gallery, London, 2011
‘East Sussex Open 2011’, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne, 2011
‘London Art Award 2010’, 3 Bedfordbury Gallery, London, 2010
‘Signature Art Awards 2010’, DegreeArt.com Gallery, London, 2010
‘Open Show 2010’, Surface Gallery, Nottingham, 2010
‘London – Sofia Exchange’, Candid Arts Trust, London; Academy of Fine Arts Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2010 ‘Recent Graduates Exhibition’, Affordable Art Fair, 2009
‘Park’, Cannizaro Park, Wimbledon, London, 2007, 2009
‘Mapping’, Bury Art Gallery, Lancashire, 2007